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CNN
Nov 10, 2012 6:00pm EST
for mitt romney when a voter tried to choose president obama. the machine had to be recalibrat recalibrated. the lines were the big story. the backups shouldn't be happening, but there are several reasons they do. congestion often builds in communities that can't afford to streamline voting. >> those communities, counts usually have to decide between paying money for voting systems and election administration, roads, bridges and hospitals and of course, voting systems come in last. >> reporter: but other issues cropped up as well. depending where you were voting. in some places in florida, the ballots were 12 pages long. another big factor was the decision by some states to cut back the number of early voting days. some state legislatures rammed through voter id laws requiring people to show photo ids, fill out affidavits and other forms. plenty of people had no trouble and there's no indication that any of this tilted the outcome of the election. there's little doubt it's messy, unwieldy different in every state. >> how do you fix this? >> it would be difficult to fix it by ha
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2012 2:00pm EST
saying that was the undecided voter. those people were saying there were for romney and the people who were undecided are people who used before, but they did not like his performance so there were undecided. undecided. we're going to analyze it, we have to analyze it as persuadable voters. the way we analyze undecided voters is ridiculous. independents are no longer the romney won independence and in a lot of key battleground states, he carried the independent vote and lost. independents the way they define themselves now in this era of strong partisanship tends to lean slightly republican. if they split even or democrats when it, it is a good year for democrats. moderates lean democratic. moderates are also a key swing vote. we have to look at people who call themselves moderates and independents and somewhere in between or the combination is your swing electric. we dismissed moderates for years because people were saying leans democratic. we should dismiss demographics -- independence because they leaned democratic. the suburbs cannot be analyzed as a whole. you look nationally, rom
PBS
Nov 8, 2012 5:30pm PST
than white voters, who favored the republican nominee. romney won among older voters, buthe esident led among those under age 44. and he captured 60% of the 18- to 29-year-old vote, which turned out in greater numbers than in 2008. exit polls also sampled attitudes on the tea party. 21% said they support the movement. 30% opposed it and 42% declared themselves neutral. we do our own sampling now, with three party members: leslie sanchez, a republican strategist and author of "los republicanos: why hispanics and republicans need each other." matt kibbe, president and c.o. ofreedomwork an ganition that's supported tea party rallies and promotes limited government and lower taxes. and brad dayspring, a senior adviser to the conservative super pac y.g. action fund. y-g stands for young guns. he's a former aide to house majority leader eric cantor. leslie sanchez, i want to start with you. simple question: what is the number-one lesson republicans should take from tuesday's election? >> most importantly, the g.o.p. has failed to adjust to the american demographic realignment. and particulay
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 12:00am EST
from happening and then mitt romney would have won. she's either saying that, or that this voter i.d. law would have kept enough legal voters from voting and then romney could have won, from keeping those people from voting. it's a remarkable thing from the romney campaign chair in wisconsin. that's the bad news. obama only won wisconsin because of voter fraud, for sure of it. that's the bad news in terms of how conspiratorial and nonsensical america's conservative major political party may be staying, even in the light of this defeat. but on the other hand, there is some good news. ever heard of the blog red state? red state is a well-known, well-read conservative blog, one of the more influential ones. i try to read it pretty regularly. yesterday the editor in chief of red state wrote this. "is it time to roll up the "barack obama won. he won fair and square. we here at red state are american citizens. we have no plans to secede from the union. if you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you. too many people have spent the last four years obsessed with birth certi
ABC
Nov 7, 2012 5:30pm PST
define mitt romney and was brilliant in his targeting of the voters he needed to get out. >> so, give me your bottom line on the republicans now. we talked about the soul-searching. what do they do next? >> reporter: soul-searching, perhaps civil war. you have to look at this party right now. they have won the popular vote only once since 1988 in the presidential race. and it was probably best summed by the head of the american conservative union. he said the party is too old, too white and too male. they lost young women, single women by 40 points, hispanics by almost 40 points, blacks by more than 80 points. this is a party that has to create a much bigger test. >> so he's saying it's a wakeup call. thank you so much, george. >>> and, as we said, after the big speeches last night, there was a jolt of reality today. wall street plummeted, a one-day drop that was the worst in nearly a year. the dow down more than 300 points. was it the election? was it worry about grid lock in washington all over again? abc's bianna golodryga has some answers. >> reporter: wall street woke up th
CNN
Nov 16, 2012 12:00pm EST
romney voters why there was such distaste with barack obama's presidency. >> i thought he sounded more like a dictator than a president. >> we went to the local baptist church to a monthly women's club meeting and heard similar sentiments. >> he just blames it on bush. well, it's the last administration. it's want his fault. well, now it is his fault. >> in 2009 just after president obama was inaugurated, we also spent time in king county, and we met charlotte macaulay who told us -- >> i just asked god that he would help him truly connect with him so that he would know what god's heart was for the united states of america. >> and this is charlotte today at the women's club meeting. >> you told us four years ago that you hoped the lord would help barack obama. >> yes. >> do you think that happened? >> it doesn't appear so. >> and then there was something -- >> all right. that's very interesting, the whole aspect of that. very fascinating story. have they ever given a democrat a chance there in terms of voting in support, or is this something that is specific to president obama? >>
MSNBC
Nov 16, 2012 2:30am PST
week, mitt romney told donors president obama won the election by offering certain gifts to voters. well, on "the daily show" jon stewart takes a look inside his goody bag. >> the president's campaign did was focused on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. [ laughter ] >> how on earth did mitt romney find out about the extraordinary bag of gifts? that we got. [ cheers and applause ] something for everybody in this. oh, what did obama give us? oh, bag of wheat. that was nice. oh, food stamp cozy. contraception variety pack. that was thoughtful. pinata filled with green cards. >> oh, man, it's good to see that stuff for the first time and with the different characters involved in general petraeus' scandal, you may have a little trouble keeping track of all the names. well, last night stephen colbert finds an easy solution. his advice imagine it's a soap opera called general's hospital and had a special guest to top by to help stephen with the plot line. >> oh, this
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 9:00am EST
tiffs were very big with young college-aged women. and as for hispanic voters, romney said free health care was a big plus. incoming chairman, louisiana governor bobby jindal, he slammed romney's comments. >> i absolutely reject that motion. that description. i think that's absolutely wrong. that is not -- i don't think that represents where we are as a party, and where we're going as a party. >> later, jindal said this to reporters. we've got to stop dividing the american voters. we need to go after 100% of the votes, not 53%. romney's supporter alfonzo algolar just on the program yesterday. saying he lost the election by making comments like that latinos. apparently governor romney doesn't understand why he lost. it was an odd thing for the way romney worded that. perhaps he didn't know people would be listening in on that. it does come across as bitter. and it's oddly laughable blaming voters for the president claiming the president delivered for them, as opposed to what mitt romney was saying. an odd decision. watch the 2016ers, by the way, like bobby jindal, watch them pile
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 2:00pm EST
voters free health care was a big plus and the so-called dream act was a huge plus. does mitt romney even have a future at the table when this is never going away? >> well, we don't know if this meeting that president obama talked about will actually ever happen, but -- >> i don't mean with president obama but with his own party. >> i think in this statement and with his loss last week i think he proved he is irrelevant to the republican party. bobby jindal moved quickly to distance himself in striking language from romney, and so i do think he proved essentially that the party is moving on. they're obviously going in a different direction, reaching out to african-americans, reaching out to hispanic americans, reaching out to women. this is something they said they want to do to broaden the party it also proves that mitt romney himself never did that in a consistent way. he never tried to broaden the coalition. he never tried to pick up where bush left off in terms of expanding the base and reaching people where they live. >> maybe not with sincerity. toward the end we did see a diff
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 11:00am PST
white voters that mitt romney had greatly in part because the white working class people in the state saw the president having their back with the auto bailout. that was not a gift. thaep that's an industry. >> the auto bailout did help president obama in ohio. it is also worth noting that president obama's performance among white voters in midwest states like ohio, like wisconsin, like iowa is completely different than it was nationally and substantially different in states measured by the exit poll. >> quickly, i have to get your comments on what's happening between senator john mccain and a few other senators and the president. john mccain was on the "today" show this morning. he was asked, mark, about susan rice and his already -- i guess he's saying he would stand in the way of her being secretary of state. he was asked about condoleezza rice and supporting her during obvious controversial times. let's play that. >> you said opponents of condoleezza rice were expressing sour grapes after an election loss. why is this different? >> because every intelligence agency in the world, i
MSNBC
Nov 16, 2012 5:30am EST
are trying to distance themselves from mitt romney's recent comments where he claimed president obama won the white house by offering gifts or government services to minorities and young voters. louisiana governor bobby jindal took his criticism of romney a step further saying the gop needs to appeal to more than 53% of the electorate which is obviously a clear jab at romney's 47% reference during the campaign. >> this is completely unhelpful h is not where the republican party needs to g we want -- if you want voters to like you, the first thing you have to do is like them first and it is certainly not helpful to tell voters you think their votes were bought. that's not a way to show them you like them. people on food stamps don't want to be there and are there because they can't get better paying jobs. our responsibility to have do things to have them have a better life. >> marco rubio of florida offering his own carefully worded reaction to romney telling politico, quote, i don't want to rebut him point by point. i would just say to you, i don't believe that we have millions and mi
PBS
Nov 11, 2012 3:00pm PST
over. the president won 93% of african-americans, a 71% of hispanics, more women than romney. he won 52% of voters under 34. half the independent voters. 54% of those who make over $100,000 a year. first we will hear from the president. >> i believe we can lead this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. >> we will get to the campaign and mitt romney in a minute, but first listen to what john boehner said after the election. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we are ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans, but as americans. let's rise above the this function and do the right thing for our country. >> later john maynard told diane sawyer he is the most reasonable, responsible person -- john boehner told diane sawyer he is the most reasonable, responsible person in washington and the president knows that. the fiscal cliff looms at the end of the year. will we reach a compromise before then, charles? >> i do not think it will be a comprehensive compromise. i think they will be able to p
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 11:00pm PST
, hispanics and young voters during obama's first term. obama, romney argued, had been very generous, quotes around it, to blacks, hispanics and young voters. i once heard a canadian election saying they lost election to people that wanted to stay as part of canada because of ethnic voters. that means not french, not english. this guy, paul ryan who i don't think is right for prime time yet by any means talking about the urban vote. now, they won the other side because they got the most votes. because they won fair and square, which is the first thing ryan said. why do you have to step on his own headline. they won fair and square by saying, oh, it was the black vote. basically, that's what he's saying. >> chris, let me just say, as for romney's comments, i'm still waiting for my gift. i'm waiting for my gift from obama. i haven't received my gift yet. >> where is it? >> maybe it was lost in the mail. >> you may have voted for him without getting that thing in the mail he was supposed to send everybody? >> maybe chris has it. >> i did not get my gift. let me just say the comments tha
PBS
Nov 7, 2012 10:00pm PST
electoral votes, which were romney won white voters, but their share of the electorate was down slightly from 2008. mr. obama overwhelmingly captured black and latino voters. last night, he sought to appeal to both sides of the political divide. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead. ( applause ) >> reporter: as a first step, the president telephoned congressional leaders today to talk about priorities for the rest of the year. he also said he hopes to talk to romney in the days ahead on how to move forward. >> ifill: ray suarez reported for us from obama election headquarters last night. he joins us from chicago now. hi ray. tell us what did the president-elect and the president-- same person, do today? how it he spend his day? >> suarez: he got to spend the night in his own home in chicago. when he got up this morning, he
WETA
Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
obama campaign and failure for mitt romney. >> ifill: we examine the messages voters sent yesterday with jeffrey brown, who looks at the makeup of congress and the new laws around the country. >> woodruff: what to do about the fiscal cliff, healthcare and immigration? we explore the challenges ahead in the next four years. >> ifill: and back with us again, for analysis, are mark shields and david brooks. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshoovidided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: for the first time in four years, president obama did not have to worry about re-election today. still, there was little time to savor tuesday's victory, in the face of a potential fiscal crisis at the end of the year. "newshour" correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage on this
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 2:00am EST
the co-chairs of mitt romney's wisconsin campaign saying he would have won that state if voter i.d. laws were intact. wow. think of what that's saying. by the way, president obama won wisconsin by 205,000 votes. are they saying 205,000 votes were stolen? what are they talking about out there? they are still pushing the issue. are they admitting what we all know republican voter i.d. laws were an effort to supress the minority vote and failed? tough luck. >>> think the republicans can solve their problems with latino voters? here's the spokesman for the american family association on why latinos vote for democrats. >> it has to do with the fact that they are socialists by nature. they come from mexico, which is a socialist country. >> yeah, people are basically intrinsically ideological. have you ever heard that before? i've never heard that. that will win a lot of hispanic votes, telling people there's something wrong with their political dna. this is "hardball," the place for politics. we use this board to compare car insurance rates side by side so you get the same coverage, ofte
FOX News
Nov 11, 2012 3:00pm EST
lower middle class voters, and explains maybe in part ohio why romney didn't get the same number of votes, 2 million votes, 2 1/2 million votes lower than john mccain. >> i think what stands out about obama's victory to me is how ugly it was, this was identity politics on steroids telling black people republicans wanted to take away their right to vote and telling women there's war on them that seniors, that paul ryan wants to push granny off the cliff in a wheelchair. this is not the hope and change obama, this was not, there's no red state and blue state obama. he won ugly, it's divisive and if this is the template for how democrats want to win elections going forward to this-- >> and i can tell you what the reaction in the white house would be if they heard you say that, they would say get over it, grow up, this is politics, republicans got a, you know, put on their boxing gloves and get over it. >> oh, yeah. >> paul: so what? you know. >> i won, you know, suck it up. >> i agree. this is the new benchmark the way you win a presidential campaign. no question about it, it's too bad
ABC
Nov 8, 2012 12:00am EST
-- [ applause ] got 303 electoral votes to romney's 206. obama led among women and minority voters while romney led among white means and banana republic man ne kips. romney lost his home state of massachusetts. paul ryan lost his home state of wisconsin. i would not want to be paul ryan's shake weight today. probably getting a vigorous. a lot of people are wondering what the president will do differently in his second term. i'm hoping obama announces this will be the black half of his presidency. [ applause ] the last four years were pretty white. i'd like to see him put a little more funk in it. i'd like to see him turn this mother out for a change. i heard a lot of people sail over the last few weeks that if obama wins, they're going to move to canada. how come nobody threatens to move to mexico? [ laughter ] must be depressing for them. they're just as close. they're closer to us here. the presidential election is that special time every four years when americans gather around their tvs to be reminded where the states are on a map. [ laughter ] when did they put vermont up in the cor
Current
Nov 15, 2012 8:00pm PST
then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> eliot: romney claimed the president wooed young voters with free contraceptives and forgiveness of college loans. for hispanic voters, something special. >> romney: what the president did is he gave them two things. one, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the dream act amnesty program. number two put in place obamacare which is -- by basically is $10,000 a family. it is a proven political strategy which is give a bunch of money on the government to a group and guess what? they'll vote for you. >> eliot: an analysis that left romney lamenting his loss with this. >> romney: the giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with. >> eliot: kind of brings back memories of romney's infamous 47% video. white house press secretary jay carney disagreed with romney telling reporters and i quote "i think that the view of the american people, of the electorate and of the election is at odds with the truth of what happened last week." but romney's harshest critics have been leading republicans and as fast as romney tried to
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 10:00pm EST
socialist views alienated voters and cost romney the election. it's complicated. here's what house speaker john boehner said today in an interview with diane sawyer. >> is the tea party going to be by your side through this? >> we've got members from all different types of -- all walks of life, if you will. >> do you think they come back changed by this election? >> listen, i think this has been the most misreported story of my two years tenure. we don't have a tea party caucus to speak of in the house. all of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the tea party. these are ordinary americans who have taken a more active role in our government. they want solutions. but we've all come a long way over the last two years, i think we all understand each other a lot better. >> joining me now, former white house press secretary ari fleischer, unpaid occasional communications advisor to the romney campaign. also van jones, former special advisor to the obama white house. ari, what about that? is the tea party to blame for fielding some candidates who weren't ready for prime time, for some o
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 6:00pm PST
say is that in the exit polls, mitt romney actually won voters who said -- or mitt romney was considered the candidate who had the better plan on the economy. when they asked who do you trust more to handle the economy, mitt romney or barack obama, mitt romney won that question. but he lost the question of who cares about people like me. i think by an 82-17 margin. so that i really think -- >> hang on. wait a minute. let me just turn to elise, the other female republican we have here. it wasn't about the economy. if it had been, as the polls suggested, mitt romney would have won. >> well, it should have been about the economy but i think that the democrats did an amazing job of making this -- really amplifying what is clearly a problem within the republican party, how we're messaging about women. the fact that we were even discussing birth control, the fact that, you know, the whole forcible rape was even part of the conversation when the polls clearly show i think that millenials are moving in a much more libertarian position when it comes to social issues. they might not nec
NBC
Nov 12, 2012 6:00pm PST
. the state's gop suffered a sweeping defeat. not only did mitt romney lose, voters rejected their stance on the proposition and democrats won a super majority in the state assembly. >> the republican party has no good news other that once you hit bottom there's only one way to go if you're going to survive. >> reporter: east bay political science professor says things couldn't have been more disastrous for the gop. he says the party needs to do a lot of soul-searching if they want to remain relevant in california and the country. >> the country is diverse. the definition of the diverse. the republican party believe they could continue to rely and there would be enough of those people traditional whites that they could be a viable party. >> reporter: he says not only does the party need to be more inclusive it needs to the move to the middle acknowledging the liberal shift of california voters. >> the republican party needs to figure out how to be the right party for california and if they can figure that out, they very well may lead their national party in a better direction. >> r
Comedy Central
Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
romney. still not sure. every election these undecided voters wait until the very last -- wait a second were these the same. oh, my, god. the same people from before? really? again. after all these years. >> because we're thinkers. we're thinkers. >> okay. you are going to decide tonight. nobody's getting out of here if they don't make a decision. nobody. >> can i go to the bathroom first. >> jaw meal, are you did you de. clearly i wasn't getting through to them. clearly i'm no expert so i sat down with sh shina. >>y been studying choice and the waive we make choices in our life. >> how do you decide who you're going to be rooting for in this election? >> i did feel that this is not an easy choice. >> oh no, no, no, no. >> jon: the choice lady. the choice lady couldn't choose. >> that's right. >> jon: what did you do. >> you know me, jon i'm kind of known around the office as a problem solver full of ingenuity and whatnot, so i took care of business. give me one good reason why i shouldn't take my shoe off my foot and beat every single one of you to death with my high heel. >> election
CNBC
Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
two, they looked at you like you were insincere, these voters. and that was a problem for romney. but here's the good news for republicans, larry. ted cruz, marco rubio, suzanna martinez. we've got a great bench of leaders who are hispanic who can go out and lead on this sxish articulate on behalf of the party and we've got it take advantage of that strength. >> and conservatives in the party have got to understand that there will be no conservative governance if they don't develop some sensible immigration policy. i love the ted krus idea. i love the marco rubio idea. but the conservatives -- i'm a conservative. you're a conservative. but you've got to have a head on your shoulders. >> you're right. we have a great opportunity to talk not only about immigration reform but the economy. keep in mind, many of these new americans, they're last in the economy and they're first out. so it wasn't just immigration they were voting on last night. >> i've got to go. i'm sorry we don't have more time. i'm a conservative. you're a conservative. there's a conservative message for hispanic voters,
FOX News
Nov 12, 2012 12:00am EST
polls thought that voters mitt romney was better equipped to handle the economy than barack obama. >> then it says something about the attitude toward the two men and they made a choice or the two parties and they made a choice. if you just go by viewers, fox mrs. msnbc, romney should have won three to one. >> jon: exit polls, some suggest reflected sort of the media theme that barack obama is a kiachbd of the little guy and middle-class and mitt romney is a rich guy that only cares about rich guys? >> i think it's clear that obama is the person who is looking to have middle-class tax cuts and mitt romney was to give tax cuts to rich people. what i would say, the reason i don't think the media played as big of a role in this. the reason barack obama won is because he ran a superior campaign. it was very targeted in these battleground states. i would be more interested in seeing exit polls from the battleground states which unfortunately we didn't have. the national exit polls don't tell us that much because what happened in the battleground states is so radically different. the ge
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2012 2:00am EST
that were white, mitt romney would have won last night. like voters went down to 72%. we are living in a different world where you can win white voters. mitt romney won white tears by 20 points. >> let's say 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., what was the first or second thing you saw or heard that told you this might not be such a good night? >> florida. how it has not been called yet. it was so tight and obama was a little bit ahead and he continued to be a half. >> there was no route to his 70 without florida. but florida was not a good sign. >> when we look at how swing voters and how good faith, when you look at the exit poll data, independents voted for romney. usually independents tipped the scale, but that did not happen. >> one of the things that was one on in the blogosphere was the role of independents. can either one of you address what made one pulled different from another in terms of how they ask the question and that sort of thing? >> certainly. here it is a self-described. when we do the polling, we are asking people how you identify. partisan identification does jump around. ind
MSNBC
Nov 10, 2012 6:00am EST
even worse with voters than mitt romney did in those states. mitt romney who lost. the country said no to mitt romney this week, but they said oh, no, no, no, no to republican senate candidates. it was just a catastrophe from north dakota to florida and everywhere in between. who was to blame for that? that is not an esoteric matter. there is a named person in charge of making sure republicans win senate seats. there was somebody who was in charge of that. for every election. and that specific person in this election obviously failed catastrophically. that specific person is named john cornyn. today the republican party appears ready to respond to his atrocious failure at this job this week. by giving mr. cornyn a promotion. he's getting a reward for nearly shooting the moon in the senate. for doing as bad as humanly possible. at the last job the republican party gave him. the republican party moving forward, apparently would like him to be the number two republican in the whole senate right behind mitch mcconnell. and that is calling failing up. which is amazing on its own terms. i
ABC
Nov 15, 2012 4:00am PST
bought key voter support. here's abc's david muir. >> reporter: mitt romney leaving the hotel after the election, next to the convention center, where he hoped to deliver the one speech he had written, his victory speech. but now, in the weeks since the election, abc news has learned mitt romney has been explaining his loss to his closest advisers and top donors. and it started at a breakfast the very next morning. perhaps his most eye-opening explanations yet, during a conference call with a large number of donors. romney argued president obama won in part because of gifts the obama administration has given to particular groups of this country. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> reporter: among those groups the gifts went to, romney discusses the african-american community, young people and the hispanic community. here, offering one of the gifts to them. >> what the president did is he gave them two things. one,
MSNBC
Nov 12, 2012 2:00pm EST
asks, is the independent vote overrated? what do you think? they noted that romney won the independent vote 50/45. joining me now is mark murray. you and your team don't just point to mitt romney losing. others have lost banking on the independent voter. >> when we look at a poll or exit poll, are you winning independent voters? that's seen as winning the middle of the electorate, the people who decide a presidential contest. as you alluded to, in two of the last three presidential elections, the candidate who ended up winning the independent vote ended up losing the presidential contest. john kerry in 2004 won it by 1 percentage point, and then mitt romney in this election just last week won it by 5 percentage points but lost. it raises the question, you know, it's always good to win independent voters, but it might not determinative of an election. >> what is the lesson learned here. it's great to consider those that are independent, they're not strongly tied to one aparty or the other. if they're not the difference maker, not that they should be ignored, but how much do
Comedy Central
Nov 12, 2012 7:00pm PST
romney. still not sure. every election these undecided voters wait until the very last -- wait a second were these the same. oh, my, god. the same people from before? really? again. after all these years. >> because we're thinkers. we're thinkers. >> okay. you are going to decide tonight. nobody's getting out of here if they don't make a decision. nobody. >> can i go to the bathroom first. >> jaw meal, are you did you de. clearly i wasn't getting through to them. clearly i'm no expert so i sat down with sh shina. >>y been studying choice and the waive we make choices in our life. >> how do you decide who you're going to be rooting for in this election? >> i did feel that this is not an easy choice. >> oh no, no, no, no. >> jon: the choice lady. the choice lady couldn't choose. >> that's right. >> jon: what did you do. >> you know me, jon i'm kind of known around the office as a problem solver full of ingenuity and whatnot, so i took care of business. give me one good reason why i shouldn't take my shoe off my foot and beat every single one of you to death with my high heel. >> el
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2012 12:35am EST
complete contempt for the republican voter. mitt romney went to ohio and told a horrible, embarrassing lie. that tells me that they feel the republican voter is someone to be led by the nose, who can be manipulated, who can be fooled. is that what mitt romney did so poorly? host: thank you. guest: i do not think they were taking the republican voters for granted. i think they failed to reach beyond the republican base, the way i saw it. what mitt romney and paul ryan were doing was to shore up the republican base. the idea in the 21st century anybody would spend any time trying to determine -- and paul ryan is a part of that -- when is a rape ok, and when is rape not ok? someone said the next time they heard a republican questioning something about rape, i want to cut their tongue out. the conversation last night, he had to say that, because he could not eliminate his base. so i guess, the long answer, my point is that they spent too much time cobbling and shoring up their base and not enough time -- cobbling -- coddling and shoring up their base and not enough time elsewhere. they had
FOX
Nov 7, 2012 11:00pm EST
camp admits underestimating the president's organization and support. >> reporter: romney's defeat has already started the gop talk about better courting the minority polls. romney got clobbered 82% obama on latinos. the president carried women 54- 44 and among younger voters obama won 60% to 37. campaign spending was about evening, but romney's social media and internet campaign paled by comparison to the president's. the high point of romney's bid was his first debate performance. >> you've been president four years, said you'd cut the deficit in half. >> reporter: exit polls say romney won on jobs and the economy. some say he waited too long to court moderate swing voters with bipartisan rhetoric which some insiders pushed for sooner. >> at a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> reporter: for romney that was a high note on which to end it and so which he did. aides say if the president's offer is serious, at the appropriate time romney is willing to talk but for now he's spendi
PBS
Nov 11, 2012 3:30pm PST
. voters by age. age. 60%, romney 36%. why are they still with president obama? >> he is a casematic someone that appeals. most of them are young, they are in school, they don't pay taxes, they get student loans. >> listen, we have george wallace in 1968 won the youth vote. they go to the extremes. >> they are social liberals also. they have tolerant views about marriage and gay people and pot, everything. >> it is culture. >>> hook-up culture. >>> okay retirees age 65 and older. obama 44%, romney 55%. what about that? do you want to speak to that? >> as a retirement age person, no, you know, older folks are more, i'm afraid so. i have got my medicare card john. older voters, of course more conservative in regard to the social change. i think the whole idea of a guy named barack obama, with an african background in his family being president. >> get a little bit more race in 40%,40%, romney 58%. black americans, obama 93%, romney 6%. hispanic americans, obama 69%, romney 29%. asian americans, hold on on obama 74%, romney 25%. question. where did president obama pick up such exhaustiv
Current
Nov 7, 2012 5:00pm PST
romney from mainstream voters linking him top rabid ideology that he could not shake as he desperately tried to move to the middle in the closing weeks of the campaign. lesson: the loudest most rabid voices don't often command the votes needed to win in november. second in the melting pot that is america inclusive trumps exclusive. whether it's single women young adults or minorities alienating the most rapidly growing voting blocs is just not smart politics. latinos voted three to one for the president. to survive the g.o.p. needs to invite people in, not shut them out. third, pandering on everything doesn't work at the end of the day. at some level constancy of views matters when running for the presidency. you can't be a thing logical right winger on issues of contraception and women's health and then suddenly pretend to be moderate route sacrificing your credibilitying. en every issue that matter, the etch-a-sketch approach was a debilitating factor that was corrosive to the core function of the president strength and leadership. fourth we really did build this, all of us together.
ABC
Nov 11, 2012 9:00am EST
thannics, more women romney. 73% of asian-americans. 60% of voters 18 to 29. he won 52% of voters under 34. 4234. half the independent voters.s. overf those who me $100,000 a year. first we will ar from the president. thi i believe we e can le arere together because we politicssided as our suggest. we are not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. >> we will get to the campaign d mittomney in a minute, but john listen to what boehner said after the election. your. president, this is ment. we are ready to be led. not as democra or republicans, but as americans. let's rise above the this function and do the right thing for our country. >> later john maynard told diane mostr he ishe personbable, responsible dianen boehner told mostr he is the personble, responsible presidentn and the knows that. and he knows that he and john can work together. -- john boehner can work tother. end of the year. will we ach a compromise before then, charles? a i do not thinink it will be comprehensive compromise. tohthink they will be able patch somet
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Nov 13, 2012 3:00am PST
reported also on nbc yesterday that voters not only said we want barack obama over mitt romney but we want -- we agree with barack obama on the issues. a whole range of issues of which pro-choice is definitely one. tell us about the pro-choice majority. >> we've seen the republican party track to the right on this issue very swiftly in this election. of course, you saw people like mourdock and akin go down in flames. this idea of should rape be an exception when it comes to abortion became really a national issue. it is a problem. >> bill: romney tried to soften it. we know where paul ryan is. the republican party platform says. no exceptions whatsoever. americans don't buy that. >> they don't buy it when you look at the exit polls. we saw an overwhelming majority saying that abortion -- women should have access and should remain legal. roe v. wade should remain in place. if you look at this kind of new electorate and of course, that's where the republicans really ran into trouble. they didn't realize the obama coalition, hispanics women african-americans, young people would come out
MSNBC
Nov 16, 2012 2:00am EST
day that lack of voter i.d. cards or voter i.d. laws were largely to blame for mitt romney's loss of wisconsin. here is charlie webster, the republican chairman in maine, on the issue of voter fraud in his state. >> for example, in some parts of rural maine there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted election day. everybody has the right to vote, but nobody in town knows anybody who's black. how did that happen? i don't know. we're going to find out. >> anyway, two questions for mr. webster there. one, if all these african-americans were voting where they weren't registered, why didn't anyone stop them? election officials in maine say they're unaware of any cheating up there. two, if democrats were trying to steal a state, why would they go to one with just four electoral votes that hasn't voted republican since back in '88? anyway, webster will not be returning for another term as chairman of that party up there. >>> next, john boehner was re-elected yesterday for a second term as speaker of the house, but georgia congressman louis gohmert, an original charter me
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 4:00pm PST
giving away gifts to minorities and young voters, ever wonder what mitt romney has done -- actually been doing since the election? well, david letterman has an idea. >> today mitt romney drew a picture of the house of representatives chamber and gave a state of the union address in front of it. >> and the fourth new entitlement, obama care, we repeal that one. >> message from pretend president romney. >> got a few more of those sugar plums in the side shows. let me finish way book about when we hay hero for a president. this is "hardball," the place for politics. ave to eat it as pt of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. hi, i just switched jobs, and i want to roll over my old 401(k) into a fidelity ira. man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started; i can help you with the paperwork. um...this green line just appeared on my floor. yeah, that's fidelity helping you reach your financial goals. could you hold on a second
FOX News
Nov 13, 2012 12:00am EST
think we have the final numbers in yet. it wasn't 3 million fewer voters for romney very mccain, it was 1.3 but a million came from california which wasn't going to have an impact on the race. and obama is down from 2008. does it matter? but it's interesting. >> i thought the fascinating thing about it, sean, was that when you take the states obama carried that were not swing states, his vote share dropped by 2 points, 4 points. on the once that were swing states that he carried it dropped by almost the same, 2 points, 1 point. but 90% of the money was spent in the swing states. and we all, politicians, have to go back to the drawing board because basically, fundamentally the campaigns didn't matter. what mattered were the debates, the storm, the convention, benghazi, the jobs report, the unemployment rate, not those tv ads we all ran. >> there were two things i would improve upon if the republicans want to listen to me. i'm a register conservative. number one, i think it was a mistake not to be more aggressive in the third debate in particular. i don't know who came up with that id
CNN
Nov 16, 2012 12:00am PST
work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> governor romney yesterday saying president obama won the election because of gifts the administration promised to black, hispanic and young voters. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare... now's a good time to think about your options. are you looking for a plan that really meets your needs? and your budget? as you probably know, medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs every year. call today to request a free decision guide. with this type of plan, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'll never need a referral to see a specialist. if you're thinking about your options, call today. when you call, request your free decision guide. and find the aarp med
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Nov 16, 2012 3:00am EST
voters. romney's words got a lot of attention tonight, including from his own party. with me is republican congresswoman mary bono mack. welcome to you. >> thank you. great to be with you. >> what was your reaction, honestly, to what mitt romney was saying there? >> well, my reaction really for all of the elections around the country is it's really time to sort of evaluate what went right and what went wrong. i think we have to do a complete analysis from race to race. i think there's no doubt that we as republicans need to really focus on making sure we offer to the american people something that they understand, that they believe in, and you know, most importantly, that we can express the point that our children and our grandchildren would be better off tomorrow than they were today. i think that mitt romney's analysis of his campaign was his to do but it's important that all of us do the same thing across the country. >> the problem was it sounded sort of vaguely patronizing, i thought. this was what louisiana governor bobby jindal told wolf blitzer earlier, which kind of say
ABC
Nov 15, 2012 6:00am EST
than mitt romney it with key voting bloc. the survey was for 1500 registered voters, women approved of him 48% to 26%, and with men 59%-27%. and he is also very well among the voters 18-34 years old with 40% approval rating and his overall job approval rating is 53%. a sampling margin of error is 2.6 percentage points for the pole. bob mcdonnell is chairman of the republican governors association and is a very popular governor in what is now turning into a purple state. many are looking for him to be maybe possibly a future vice- presidential or presidential candidate. that is the latest at the news desk. back to you. >> just in time for the holidays, we are giving away thousands of dollars in free groceries. >> we are giving you a clue word every day. today's word is stuffing. just take the word, log onto wjla -- wjla.com/facebook and enter stuck for a chance to win a $500 -- $5,000 a for a gift card. we will give you a new word at 6:00 a.m. as well. next wednesday, november 21, one viewer winning a $5,000 grocery gift card. >> if you enter the word cranberry, yesterday's close, one o
CSPAN
Nov 9, 2012 10:30pm EST
time in connecting with female voters in that gender gap. >> romney did significantly improve among white women. not only did not college white women, but also the college white women. this is the first time the democrats have lost them since 1988. >> there is also of the marriage gap. if you are a married woman, you vote different in different ways. that is another thing the republican party is facing. there is new to an era where you bought your identity rather than your interest. >> i went to a romney event. most of them were married white couples with kids. when you go to an obama event, it is the whites, blacks, couples, kids. the challenge of governing a that the country, these two groups that are different in their priorities and cultural values, they're almost equal in their size. the republicans have been able to insulate themselves within the one america. >> conventions of the same feeling as well. >> i do not think he will see a democratic leadership of the house ever again that does not include at least one woman and one african-american and latino. where as republicans,
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 5:00pm EST
young voters, wonder what mitt romney has been doing since the election? david letterman has an idea. >> today mitt romney drew a picture of the house of representatives chamber and gave a state of the union address in front of it. >> and the fourth new entitlement, obama care, we'd repeal that one. >> we have a few more of those sugar plums in the "sideshow." >>> plet me finish with a book about when we had a hero for a president. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> time to bust another 2012 lest myth. the idea took hold that african-americans would not be as fired up to vote as they were four years ago. but here is what the nbc news political desk found in looking at the exit polls. in the states with significant black populations the black vote increased in five states, michigan, mississippi, missouri, ohio, and new jersey. it held firm in pennsylvania, virginia, north carolina, and florida. and it decreased in two states, new york and alabama. neither case was it even close. so much for flagging enthusiasm. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, you
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 3:00pm PST
scenario. he says that mr. romney lost because of voter fraud, especially in philadelphia. look at this. >> there is now speculation that voter fraud took place in multiple cities after returns showed the president got 100% of the vote in certain districts. is that possible? >> yeah, it's possible. >> you think it's possible? >> it's not unprecedented. >> what do you think the odds are this is truthful? zero. >> it's not zero. >> i don't believe it. i think this is fraud. >> his own guests told him it happened before. he, oh, no, no, it's voter fraud. >> right. i think you have hannity there acting like speculation is proof of anything. one thing i think happened in terms of voter turnout from democrats, from a lot of voters, african-americans, latinos, that a lot of this conversation around voter i.d. laws actually energized the base. there was a sense that they were not going to be denied from casting ballots. this consistent talk about voter fraud ultimately, i think, backfires on republicans. a lot of conversations whether or not you have it on fox news, on corps conservative b
MSNBC
Nov 16, 2012 11:00am PST
women voters that they are an all-encompassing party. here comes mitt romney, who they thought they were done with at least for the time being. it's completely off message of everything that the rest of the party is trying to say right now. jindal is trying to say. he's going to tell us not once but twice or even more times, this is not the message i'm trying to get across here. >> it's interesting. there are a lot of new messages. we discussed this from the gop from immigration to taxes. i want it to play what the governor of virginia just said on the gop being flexible on something they seemed to be inflexible on prior to the election. let's play it. actually, i have the words here. i apologize. the people have spoken. i think we're going to have flexible now. laexs do have consequences. the president campaigned on tax hikes on the wealthy as a piece of overall taxes. it's something that absolutely has to be discussed. david, those are the words i read from the governor of virginia, bob mcdonald. what do you make? >> elected officials really wake up when they see some of their pee
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 11:00pm PST
minorities and young voters, ever wonder what mitt romney has done -- actually been doing since the election? well, david letterman has an idea. >> today mitt romney drew a picture of the house of representatives chamber and gave a state of the union address in front of it. >> and the fourth new entitlement, obama care, we repeal that one. >> message from pretend president romney. >> got a few more of those sugar plums in the side shows. let me finish way book about when we hay hero for a president. this is "hardball," the place for politics. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios >>> time to bust another 2012 election myth. the idea took hold that african-americans would not be as fired up to vote as they were four years ago. but here is what the nbc news political desk found in looking at the exit polls. in the states with significant black populations, the black vote increased in five states, michigan, mississ
MSNBC
Nov 15, 2012 2:00am PST
. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. >>> former republican presidential nominee mitt romney was on a conference call when he said that president obama defeated him by giving things to blacks, hispanics, and young voters. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> louisiana's republican governor bobby jendal criticized romney saying we have to stop dividing the american voters. we need to go off 100% of the votes, not 53%. >>> as expected, the new leader of china was named general secretary of the communist party. the country facing a slowing economy and demands for change. >>> next to colorado where a hearing for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in a movie theater has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and then jumped off his bed. but there are no details about his condition. >>> and now here's your first look at this morning's
NBC
Nov 15, 2012 4:30am EST
morning. former republican presidential nominee mitt romney was on a conference call with some of his top campaign donors when he said that president obama defeated him by giving things to blacks, hispanics, and young voters. >> the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> louisiana's republican governor bobby jindal criticized romney saying we have to stop dividing the american voters, we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. >>> as expected xi jing ping is the new president of china. >>> next to colorado where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in the movie theater shooting, has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and jumped off his bed but there were no details about his condition. >>> fiscal cliff fierce hit wall street wednesday. selling picked up during president obama's media briefing about those upcoming tax cu
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 6:00pm EST
young voters. the times says, quote, mr. romney said the president had followed the old playbook of wooing specific interest groups, especially the african-american community, the his panic community, and young people. mr. romney explained, with targeted gifts and initiatives. in each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups, mr. romney said. our strategy worked well with many people. but for those who were given a specific gift, if you will, our strategy did not work terribly well. he thinks he lost because of so-called gifts? this shows just how clueless he is. joining me now is dr. james peterson, professor at lehigh university and a contributor to the grio.com. let's bring back in nia malika henderson of the washington post. thank you for joining me. >> thanks, rev. >> starting with you, james, what do you make of the comments? >> i'm not surprised mr. romney made the comments. we should just try to clarify what he's referring to as gift-giving and really ex-prefontaine it for what it is. the things he's talking about are the reformation of different intere
MSNBC
Nov 10, 2012 12:00pm PST
hispanic voters and african-american voters. if you look at how mitt romney did and compare it with how george w. bush did with these voters in 2004, much of this three million vote deficit could have made up there alone. it doesn't take us very long as a party to get to the point where we realize we have to look at what happened in 2000 and 2004 and replicate it. >> if there's a battle for the heart and soul of the gop, who do you hope wins that battle in. >> well, i do disagree with that. i think that what our party stands for in these conservative principles, smaller tacxes and traditional values, i don't think we -- >> really, you think the message is fine? >> no, that's a different statement. i don't think our brand is fine. i think how we explain what we believe lacks. here's what i look at. does a candidate care about people like me? i think my conservative values help people more than liberal values do. but clearly in this election we didn't win on that question. and if we can't convince folks that are new americans or who are just starting on the economic ladder that our po
NBC
Nov 9, 2012 5:00am EST
may finally learn today whether president obama or mitt romney won in florida. election voters there are still counting ballots. it appears the president will win the sunshine state. he leads romney by 55,000 votes, and most of the outstanding ballots are from democratic leaning counties. the win would give president obama 323 electoral votes to romney's 206. >>> another george bush is preparing to run for office in texas. george p. bush completed paperwork to run for office in the lone star state. he is the nephew of former president george w. bush and the son of former florida governor jeb bush. it's not clear what office he'll seek. >>> closer to home, terry mcauliffe says he wants another shot at becoming virginia's governor. the former dnc chairman is running again next year. he ran in 2009 but lost the party's nomination to state senator craig daets. lieutenant governor bill bolling and attorney general ken cuccinelli are also seeking the nomination. >>> military jets were called in to escort a plane to dulles international after a pilot declared an emergency moments befo
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2012 10:30am EST
candidates and in the debates, the voters feel that they're seeing the real person. and romney, the way he appeared, was not the way he had been defined and suddenly the race changed again. we had the strange upand down race that -- up and down race that ended in close to a tie. 50-49 this morning? i that make sense. wouldn't be shocking. and yet, if you were a republican voter, and don't know why i think there might be a republican voter in this room -- [laughter] -- right what does that say? >> right there. >> he's not a republican. former party hack. [laughter] so if you're a republican voter, sympathizer, you have a little -- you don't have a pleasant taste in your mouth after the election. i mean, we certainly had a mixed result here, split decision. republicans continue to hold the house. democrats continue to hold the senate. adding a couple seats. the president won just very narrowly 50/48, 50/49. mitt romney made significant in-roads among many groups, not all groups but many groups. younger voters. white men, white women. number of constituencies improving his showing. yet
NBC
Nov 15, 2012 7:00am EST
voters, including african-americans, young voters, and hispanics. mr. romney said the president followed the old play book and with regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift, adding free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. as for the hispanic voters, romney said free health care was a big plus. another former opponent of the president, john mccain along with lindsey graham made it clear they would not support susan rice to become the new secretary of state. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> their chief gripe, they believe she disqualified herself several days after the benghazi attack with her explanation of what happened. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations of our facility in cairo. >> i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be
NBC
Nov 15, 2012 4:00am PST
bobby jindal criticized romney, saying, "we have got to stop dividing the american voters. we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%." >>> well, as expected, xi jinping is the new leader of china after being named general secretary of the communist party, as the country faces a slowing economy and demand for change. >>> next to colorado, where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in a movie theater, has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and jumped off his bed, but there are no details about his condition. >>> well, fiscal cliff fears hit wall street wednesday. but today, bad news could come from overseas. the 17 countries that make up the eurozone are back in recession after its economy contracted for a second straight quarter. the wider eu, however, avoided the same fate, thanks mostly to last summer's olympics boost. >>> back on the street yesterday, selling picked up during president obama's media briefing about those upcoming tax cut negotiations. and today, we'll
CSPAN
Nov 8, 2012 5:00pm EST
like it did in 2004 where there was 77% of voters that were white and mitt romney would have won last night but that is not how it was. so white voters made up 72% and so we are living in their different world where you can win white voters so that romney won white voters by 21 which was as high a margin as we have seen since the 1980s but when you are losing a chunk of the electorate, 25 to 28% and that 80/20 range is not sustainable so that is the big thing going on with that. >> what was the first and second thing that you saw or heard that told you that this might not be such a good night? >> florida. but it was so tight and obama was a little bit ahead and he continued to be ahead and when you look at the counties -- >> will the route to 70 without florida? >> florida was not a good sign. so you no end in terms of again, when we look at the swing voters as well as terms of how did they do, when you look at the exit poll data, and dependence max were from it running usually when we are having these discussions independents help determine the election but that didn't happen th
FOX Business
Nov 7, 2012 10:00pm EST
since 1992. additionally, romney attracted only the support of 59 percent of those white voters. young voters were a huge reason for the president's victory in 2008, and they turned out for him again yesterday. president obama taking 60 percent of the under 30 votes to govern romney's 37%. governor romney nerly one the independent vote, which he is expected to win at least according to some polls by double digits. instead, the margin was 49%-45. the governor needed to do much better than a irtual split amongst those who don't identify with either party. in the end, turn out tells the rest of the story. 38 percent of egistered democrats cast a vote. only 32 percent of republicans turned out yesterday. numbers nearly identical to that 2008 election when democratic voters outnumber republicans by 7%. esident obama, as he did after his first election, pledged to work with both political parties and made an appeal to those who voted against him. >> and whether i earned your votend not, i have listened to you. i have learned from new. you have made me a better president. and it your stories
FOX Business
Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
up from 67% in 2008 and, of course, the historic level. the president's support among black voters actually fell to 93% from 95, but that was more than offset by zero white voter turnout at its lowest level since 1992. additionally, romney attracted only the support of 59 percent of those white voters. young voters were a huge reason for the president's victory in 2008, and they turned out for him again yesterday. president obama taking 60 percent of the under 30 votes to govern romney's 37%. governor romney nearly one the independent vote, which he is expected to win at least according to some polls by double digits. instead, the margin was 49%-45. the governor needed to do much better than a virtual split amongst those who don't identify with either party. in the end, turn out tells the rest of the story. 38 percent of registered democrats cast a vote. only 32 percent of republicans turned out yesterday. numbers nearly identical to that 2008 election when democratic voters outnumber republicans by 7%. president obama, as he did after his first election, pledged to work with both
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